This evening, a group of strong, independent, and smart women will join the stage together. They will represent the amazing progress we’ve made representing and uplifting women, and the issues that impact us and our nation. These women will share the stage to powerfully tell America that Hillary is the candidate to move our country forward. Because let’s be real, when women are at the decision-making table, results are better for American families. We are #StrongerTogether — so make sure to tune into the livestream at 7:15 pm E.T.
Fun fact — there have only been 46 women senators since the start of that body in 1789. Tonight, the Democratic Party will feature 13 of them. Their individual stories are each unique, and collectively they are a band of sisters fighting for legislation that will improve the lives of their constituents, women, and the nation.
This squad has many “firsts.” The first Asian American senator. The first openly gay senator. And many are the first woman senators from their state. With each nomination, they are making tiny cracks in the glass ceiling. It’s because of these women that this generation will be able to see that a woman’s place is in the House and the Senate. And now, in the Oval Office.
That’s why this election is both historic and symbolic. When we go knocking door-to-door, phone banking our friends and family, and driving our peers to the polls in November, we are making it possible for young women and girls to say, “I, too, can be President of the United States.”
Here’s a closer look at Hillary’s squad. (Take note: This is one seriously impressive group of women — no, of people. #SquadGoals.)
- Senator Barbara Mikulski, Maryland — the first woman elected to the United States Senate from Maryland — and currently serves as Dean of the Senate.
- Senator Diane Feinstein, California — has served in the Senate since 1992. She also served as the 38th Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.
- Senator Patty Murray, Washington — Washington’s first female senator.
- Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan — the first person to have served as a Michigan state legislator to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate.
- Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington — Washington’s second female senator, after Patty Murray.
- Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota — the first woman to be elected as a senator for Minnesota.
- Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri — the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri in her own right.
- Senator Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire — the first female U.S. senator in New Hampshire’s history. She was the first woman to be elected governor of New Hampshire and she is the first woman to be elected as both a governor and a U.S. senator.
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York — sworn in on January 26, 2009; at 42, she entered the chamber as the youngest senator in the 111th Congress.
- Senator Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin — the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay U.S. senator in history.
- Senator Mazie Hirono, Hawaii — the first female senator from Hawaii, as well as the first Asian-born immigrant to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
- Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts — a prominent scholar specializing in bankruptcy law, and among the most cited professionals in the field of commercial law before starting her political career.
- Senator Barbara Boxer, California — currently ranks eleventh in seniority in the United States Senate and became the most senior junior senator upon the retirement of Tom Harkin in January 2015.
Get excited — click here to tune into the livestream at 7:15.
‘Til the next time.
— Edil Mari
Originally posted on Medium.